18 May 2021

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门徒决定给予支援
Disciples decided to provide help

Acts 11:27-30

27那时,有几位先知从耶路撒冷下到安提阿。28其中有一个名叫亚迦布的站起来,藉着圣灵指出天下将要有大饥荒;这事在革老丢时期果然发生了。29于是门徒决定按着各人的力量捐款,好送给住在犹太的弟兄。30他们就这样行了,由巴拿巴和扫罗经手送到长老们那里。

27 During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch. 28 One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.) 29 The disciples, as each one was able, decided to provide help for the brothers and sisters living in Judea.30 This they did, sending their gift to the elders by Barnabas and Saul.

 

重点学习

这是件意义显著的事件,它说明了教会在起初的时候就意识到合一的重要性。当巴勒斯坦发生饥荒时,安提阿教会的本能反应就是给予帮助。当时如果教会里一个肢体有难而另一肢体视若无睹,这是无法想象的。当时的教会没有门派之分,他们视野宽阔,把普世教会视为一体。

 

Lessons Learn

This incident is very significant, for it shows that, even at this early stage, people had realized the importance of the unity of the Church. When there was famine in Palestine, the first instinct of the church at Antioch was to help. It was unthinkable that one part of the Church should be in trouble and that another should do nothing about it. They were far away from the congregational outlook; they had that width of vision which saw the Church as a whole.